Born in Sri Lanka, I followed my family at the age of six and settled in France. The arrival in Paris in the middle of December, the cold, the snow, the Christmas lights and the culture shock are childhood memories that I will never forget. From that moment on, travel and discovery took an important place in my life.
After my studies and several years of working life in France, the desire to travel led me to expatriate but with always, in the back of my mind, the idea of returning to live in my native country. To do this, I needed a solid project and I wanted to use my dual culture to make Europeans discover Sri Lanka differently in search of authenticity. The idea was there and at the end of 2011, twenty-four years later, I returned to Sri Lanka. After several months around the island looking for treasures to offer to travellers, I finally got my first clients and little by little word of mouth made its effect and, more and more travellers looking for authentic and off the beaten track stays contacted me.
It was time to formalize things and, in this process, Marjorie was my ally from the beginning. We took over offices and formed a small team. Today we are twenty-two people of different nationalities and backgrounds and we are opening a new agency in Vietnam. What a long way we have come in the company of our travellers!
I am happy to be able to participate in local life and to ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of the tourist benefits thanks to Foundation Atypique. This was an important thing for me since my return to Sri Lanka and it has now been done. Whether it is through our solidarity treasures, whose aim is to encourage human exchanges between travellers and the local population while ensuring additional income for the inhabitants, or programs financed by the Foundation Atypique in the fields of environmental protection and improvement of the status of women, our goal remains to promote a different way of travelling that is respectful and beneficial to all.
That is why Voyages Atypique is not an agency like any other, but an authentic, humane and respectful agency of the country we make you discover.
See you soon in Sri Lanka or Vietnam!